The performance art was the lotus for the evening. There were 4 different performances throughout the evening. All very different but all relating to the current state of the environment as well as the future of our earth.
WATER’S BREATH (MIRIAM SEDACCA)
This was a piece about our connection with nature and how we have fallen out of love with the environment as we have started destroying it. It highlights the juxtaposition of our primitive connection to the earth against the poisoning of our earth.
There was a mixture of physical theatre and spoken word, with a projection of our environment over the top.
ICAROS PARA SANAR (INGRID PUMAYALLA)
In a similar way to the previous one this piece was about our primitive connection to nature, exploring our movement away from traditional worship of the earth to our current lack of regard to our surroundings. This was explored through shamanic chanting and the burning of sage, performing in candlelight and beating a bowl of essential oils. All of this was playing with olfactory systems, seeing how smell releases a primitive response.
I AM TIRED WITH YOU (BETTINA FUNG)
This piece was an interactive piece where the artist created a giant monoprint in a similar style to Basquiat, then invited the audience to join her on the monoprint. Then at the end of the night she pealed back the paper off the ink to reveal the pattern that we had produced.
It was fun having an interactive piece where there was audience participation, as it made a pleasant change from just being a viewer, as we were with the rest of the pieces. In addition, it broke down the barrier between the artist and the viewer. While highlighting the connection that we all have with each other; creating a dialogue.
SKEIN (COLLABORATION – ALYS HUGHES, KAREN LE ROY HARRIS, MIRIAM SEDACCA AND LOLA DE LA MATA)
Unifying sound, performance, movement, skin and cloth. They used flowing, stretchy fabric exploring skin as a boundary. I heard before the performance that most of it was improvised. Most of the performance seemed to function through a mirroring of what the other performer was doing and non-verbal communication. This links well to the to my research into the CERN opening ceremony.
They were clever with keeping people engaged in the performance, as they broke the piece up into sections to be performed throughout the night. This piece then proved a constant throughout the night that made the evening of performances feel more coherent and gave it structure.